This is one book I would love to recommend to you going into 2018 with all the enthusiasm New Year resolutions bring!
‘The Clever Guts Diet: How to Revolutionise Your Body From the Inside Out’, by Doctor Michael Mosley.
The book is informative and easy to understand and is packed with delicious, healing recipes and menu plans by nutritional therapist, Tanya Borowski and Dr Mosley’s wife, Dr Clare Bailey, checklists and tips – ‘all the tools you need to transform your gut and change the way you eat forever’.
Changes in your diet can help:-
- Curb Sugar Cravings
- Boost your Immune System
- Loss of Weight Naturally
‘Your gut is astonishingly clever. It contains millions of neurons – as many as you would find in the brain of a cat – and is home to the microbiome, trillions of microbes that influence your mood, your immune system, and even your appetite’, says Dr Mosley.
At the beginning of 2017 I lost 14 lbs. I had been 13 stone 6 lbs at the height of my weight gain, so although losing 14lbs was great, I still had a long way to go.
Then in April this year, my friend, Shelley, bought me this book.
‘The Clever Guts Diet’ was a real game-changer for me.
And, my drastic, compulsive consumption of sugar had to end.
I have since lost another 28lbs, making a grand total of 42lbs weight loss.
Dr Mosley quotes,‘All disease begins in the gut’ according to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine.
He also discusses some research carried out by Dr Pia Winberg, who works at the University of Wollongong in Australia and is ‘incredibly enthusiastic about the potential of seaweed’.
Dr Mosley says, ’She has just completed one of the first human trials on the effect of seaweed in the gut’.
Dr Winberg ‘recruited 64 people who were either overweight or obese. They were then randomly allocated to consume one of three capsules every day for six weeks. One of the capsules contained 2g of a special seaweed fibre, the second capsule contained 4g, and the final capsule was a placebo’.
What did Dr Winberg find?
She found there was ‘ a significant reduction in inflammation and an increase in insulin sensitivity’ and ‘that a group of about 15 different bacteria had increased in the people who were on the active seaweed supplements’.
They also reported becoming more regular and ‘feeling less desire for sugar and fast carbs’. Dr Winberg believes the reason for this ‘maybe because the seaweed has changed their gut flora’.
One woman also saw a significant improvement in her severe psoriasis.
‘When she was taking the capsule the inflammatory factors in her bloods went down, so it seems likely that the reduced inflammation was helping her skin’.
Edible seaweeds ‘are excellent prebiotics, packed with vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre and omega 3 fatty acids’.
Even though I live in Ireland where seaweed has been used for thousands of years, I did not fully appreciate its benefits until I discovered how a topical application of Irish Moss lotion helped my skin.
Although I had started my small business after discovering how good seaweed was for my severe psoriasis I had no clue about how beneficial seaweed could be for me if I included it in my diet.
In the second part of ‘The Clever Guts Diet’, Dr Mosley suggests a simple 2 stage healing programme; ‘How to reboot your biome’ to help it repair and replenish.
I certainly feel the difference and lovely to have all that fat gone in time for my 58th birthday…today!